Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

Antonio C. S. Rosa

From the Editor’s Desk

by Antonio C. S. Rosa – TRANSCEND Media Service

TMS is not yet at full force because I am still adjusting to a new laptop with Windows 8 after the other with Windows XP decided to quit on me. A new Portuguese keyboard does not help either. But next week all should be well--hopefully. Thanks for all the supportive messages received during the ‘crisis.’

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Prof. Johan Galtung

East-South China Seas, Islands–Solutions?

by Johan Galtung, 21 Apr 2014 - TRANSCEND Media Service

A Chinese proverb: better than giving a starving person a fish is teaching her to fish. So, not only solutions but how to solve conflicts.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

Peace Journalism from the Holy Land Points the Way to BDS

by Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service

It calls for journalism to offer backgrounds and contexts of conflict, not just the familiar series of big bangs; a wide range of voices rather than merely a leader on each ‘side’; supply readers and audiences with the means to challenge dominant accounts, and therefore resist propaganda; highlight peace initiatives, however small, which are always underway in any conflict, perhaps in out-of-the-way places; and show images of peace as well as those of war.

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Other Commentaries

BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Foundations of Mathematics and Set Theory As Viewed From a Historical Viewpoint

by Prof. Antonino Drago – TRANSCEND Media Service

Only by exiting out this metaphysics, mathematics will no more obstruct the conflict resolution; otherwise Leibniz’ dream of “Calculemus!” or other appeal to scientific techniques will exclude the personal engagement for achieving a supportive peace. Only by assuming a pluralist attitude mathematics will contribute to peace.

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Multiethnic and Pluralistic States Have to Stay

by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service

Development in Ukraine is a matter of concern as it has implications not only for Ukraine but also for other multiethnic and pluralistic states in the world. I am strongly in favor of multiethnic and pluralistic states.

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Forgiveness is Dysfunctional

by Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

Certain religious traditions, including Christianity, emphasise the importance of forgiveness. I want to explain why forgiveness is misconceived and, therefore, a bad idea. And why there are important psychological reasons for this.

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Now as the Ultimate Cognitive Strange Attractor

by Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Continuing Invitation "Down the Rabbit Hole"? Entering a "rabbit hole" has been understood as framing a period of chaos or confusion -- appropriate to the current condition of global civilization and the challenge of individual response to it.

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Europe Needs to Be Independent

by John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Legacies from the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War

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IN FOCUS

Happy Easter? – Christianity, Guilty as Charged!

by Andre Vltchek – TRANSCEND Media Service

Motto: verse from Colossians 3:22: “Slaves, obey your masters.” How primitive and brutal, and how immoral! Almost the entire North and South America, in the era of the arrival of the priests, shuttled to the “New World” by that arch criminal Christopher Columbus (Colon) and his fleet, got ruined, massacred, cheated and contaminated by all sorts of diseases. The Cross – the symbol of Christianity – was always at the front and above all that carnage.

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Build a Trap to Divert Europe Away From Its Own Destiny

by Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin – TRANSCEND Media Service

Trigger a Cold War to Make It Easier To Annex Europe - The Ukrainian crisis was probably triggered for no other reason than to force the EU to buy US shale gas, to sign the TTIP (without which the former can’t be sold in Europe) and to justify a renewed increase of American-NATO military budgets thanks to the restarting of a Cold War between the West and emerging nations.

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AFRICA

Real Rwandan Genocide & Brainwashing of the Western Mind

by Keith Harmon Snow – Russia Today

The real coup d’etat has been the brainwashing of the Western mind and psyche, transforming rational discerning individuals into hysterical self-congratulatory humanitarians (sic), unable to separate truth from lie, and certain of their conclusions, no matter how erroneous.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The Origins of America’s Warfare State

by Jacob G. Hornberger – Future of Freedom

Given that most Americans living today were born and raised under a massive military establishment, the CIA, and the NSA, a large number of Americans very likely believe that the United States has always had this type of government.

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC

War and the Visual Language of Flowers: An Antipodean Perspective

by Ann Elias – TRANSCEND Media Service

For those of us who live in the Antipodes, the Anzac poppy is an emotive symbol and it is the catalyst for this study which looks at the significance and symbolism of floral imagery to the war imagination, and at the incongruity of flowers—which popularly signify innocence and beauty—within military contexts.

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Reconciliation of Hawaiians For and Against Sovereignty

by John H. McFadden – TRANSCEND Media Service

For both sides of the Hawaiian sovereignty issue, the idea of reconciliation with their opponents seems ridiculous and even insulting. After all, both sides are thoroughly convinced they are right and that the other side is, well, poorly motivated, to say the least.

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BALKANS & EASTERN EUROPE

Voices of Ukraine: ‘Kiev, People Are Not Cattle!’

by Andre Vltchek – TRANSCEND Media Service

The majority of people in this country of around 44 million are concentrated around the enormous industrial and mining centers of Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Krivoi Rog. There is Odessa in the south, and Kharkov, “the second capital,” in the east. People in all those parts of the country mainly speak Russian and they see what has happened in Kiev as an unceremonious coup, orchestrated and supported by the West.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Answer Offered By Seymour Hersh Gets Little Public Attention

by William Boardman ¬– Reader Supported News

Benghazi Mystery Explained!?! - Report from London links CIA Covert Op with Turkey, Syria

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MEDIA

The New York Times Wrestles with Israel’s Gag Orders

by Haaretz – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Apr 2014 - The New York Times newspaper acknowledged late last week that it complies with court-ordered gag orders when reporting from Israel. Two senior editors at the newspaper say they were unaware of The Times ever agreeing to abide by gag orders in Israel.

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Controlling the Lens: The Media War Being Fought Over Ukraine between the Western Bloc and Russia

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya - Global Research

Governments and major corporations control or, at least, try to manipulate public opinion and discursive processes through mass media communication. They also wage information wars through the use of mass media communication.

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EDUCATION

Peace Education for Genuine Democracy, Good Governance and Nonviolence

by Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

Prof. Prasad has developed his own concept of peace education, which is based on universally inherent five elements, viz. body, vitality, mind, intellect and spirit, in every man and woman without any discrimination.

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REVIEWS

David Cortright – Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas

by Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and an activist especially on nuclear arms issues, has set out a clear and up-to-date history of the ideas and movements that make up the colors on the peace pallet. While the book has been out for some time, I review it now as a first rate overview of peace efforts and ideologies.

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IPRA 2014 - 50th ANNIV. CONFERENCE

International Peace Research Association at 50

by Johan Galtung - TRANSCEND Media Service

Known as IPRA, founded in 1964 in London--and this author, 34 at the time, is the only surviving founder. IPRA rotates every two years from one peace research center to the other, and is now in very competent Turkish hands. And what is more natural than having the 50th anniversary for the hub of peace studies in that hub of the world, Istanbul, 10-14 August this year!! Hurry up, register!!!

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25th IPRA General Conference LAST CALL FOR PAPERS

by Nesrin Kenar, IPRA Secretary General – TRANSCEND Media Service

On the occasion of IPRA’S 50th anniversary – Istanbul, Turkey, August 10-14, 2014 – Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace through Universal Values – Deadline for Proposals: APRIL 30, 2014.

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IN OTHER LANGUAGES

(Português) Brasil: O Desenvolvimento do País Passa pela Equidade de Gênero

by Margaret Groff - Gazeta do Povo

O Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada confessou seu erro: 26%, e não 65% dos brasileiros e brasileiras concordam que mulheres com roupas curtas merecem ser estupradas. Ainda assim, 26%, ou um quarto da população – e isso inclui mulheres, sempre é bom destacar –, têm este pensamento retrógrado, machista, extemporâneo.

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(Italiano) Il Giappone e la comunità mondiale

by Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

Svegliati, Giappone. Non c’è bisogno di scegliere fra USA e Cina; sii neutrale, in termini amichevoli con entrambi. Immaginiamo un Giappone trilingue con l’inglese e il cinese, che abbondanza! Accetta l’invito dell’Asia dell’Est e del Nord Est di congiungere le loro famiglie, come la Germania e il Sud Africa hanno congiunte le loro. Diventa Giappone, potenza di pace.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Ave Maria (Music Video of the Week)

by Andrea Bocelli – TRANSCEND Media Service

Composer: Gounod

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IN-DEPTH VIDEOS

Peace Studies Philosopher Johan Galtung Advises Tamils to Tell the Story with a Vision

by Tamilnet – TRANSCEND Media Service

Apr 6, 2014 - Professor Johan Galtung, principal founder of peace and conflict studies: "Tamils should come out with a campaign of vision that doesn’t threaten anyone, especially the Sinhala Buddhists."

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Negotiators [not really a joke]

by Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Albert Einstein compared the disarmament negotiations sponsored by the UN with...

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